Whole Body Cryotherapy and Rheumatoid Arthritis


Whole Body Cryotherapy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cryotherapy for Inflammatory Joint Disease Promising For Reducing Pain & Increasing Mobility


Toshima Yamauchi is regarded as the father of modern cryotherapy. In 1978 he began experimenting with his rheumatoid arthritis patients using whole body cryotherapy. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.”


In Dr. Yamauchi’s studies and studies by Reinhard Fricke, the results were impressive (https://www.researchgate.net/scientificcontributions/2034140451_R_Fricke). Among other findings they determined that cryotherapy had an analgesic and pain blocking effect, it became easier to move joints, and this therapeutic effect lasted a minimum of three hours and beyond. The studies also found a significant functional improvement in all joints affected by chronic polyarthritis (rheumatoid arthritis). Lastly, they found that cryotherapy decreased the number of lymphocytes for a minimum of three hours. That is important because this inhibits the tissue destroying activity of rheumatoid arthritis. Since tissue destruction is a serious problem with RA, this find may be one of the more encouraging.


The body of research by Yamauchi and Fricke determined that whole body cryotherapy can be a combination therapy for inflammatory joint
diseases. Clients with these conditions are finding various levels of relief and experiencing analgesia, pain blocking, easier movement of joints, improvement in all joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis, and the ability to inhibit the destruction of tissue that comes with this disease. While Fricke found many other results, the ones highlighted here are a great source of encouragement for anyone suffering from RA. This is leading clients all over the world to begin experimenting with whole body cryotherapy locations to see how WBC can help them in this battle with RA. What seems to be the most successful protocol is to use WBC daily or even twice daily in the first 1-2 weeks and then, depending on results, to begin to scale back to 2-3 times per week. Since everyone reacts differently, each client may find a different level of maintenance that works for them. This could be anywhere from 1 time per week and up.Video Player